(The Guardian) Human Rights Watch blames police inertia and government failures for lack of justice for those affected "between May 2015 and December 2018 at least 44 people, including 36 Muslims, were killed in attacks over beef consumption and the cattle trade... In almost all of the cases, the police initially stalled investigations, ignored procedures, … Continue reading ‘A free pass for mobs to kill’: India urged to stem cow vigilante violence
Colin Todhunter, Off-Guardian India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based on the systemic rule of transnational capital, enforced by global institutions like the World Bank and WTO. At the same time, global agribusiness corporations are stepping into the … Continue reading India – the State of Independence
https://thewire.in/books/v-s-naipaul-gave-us-both-richly-textured-islands-and-interchangeable-caricatures After his turn to non-fiction, he would never again look at life outside the West on its own terms: India, the Caribbean and Africa would become faded backdrops on which to project a vision of the West, England in particular.
“He looked like a terrorist!” How a drive in rural India ended in a mob attack and a lynching These stories of mob lynchings (this one in Reuters) are so depressing. I'm beginning to feel that there is something more going on than simply panic against child abductors. I was just remembering a paragraph in … Continue reading Mob violence in India
The Guardian has this article: "Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid?". 'The emphasis on surveillance underlines the stratified, elitist nature of smart cities, according to the academic and author Pramod Nayar. “Smart cities will be heavily policed spaces,” he says, “where only eligible people – economically productive consumers (shoppers) and producers … Continue reading India is building a dystopian reality
Fascinating story of Africans who arrived in India and sometimes became kings. Rare images document the centuries-long history of Africans in India.
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Why Free Speech Loses in India : The New YorkerComprehensive article about Penguin's capitulation in Wendy Doniger affair (and other recent cases.
Yesterday finished Khushwant Singh's Delhi, which tells the story of the capital from invasion to invasion, massacre to massacre, and concludes with the pogrom on the Sikhs in 1984. And today I was reading a horrifying story about the Muzzafanagar and Shamli District riots last September. The location of the places where the recent atrocities … Continue reading India’s violent history